Boston University defeats Harvard, 5-3
Ten years ago, there was only one college rink that Larry Spang considered acceptable for his teenage son.
Back then, father and son were among the 3,806 that crammed into Boston University's Walter Brown Arena, where wide-eyed Dan watched Shawn Bates fly around the ice, Mike Grier belt opponents into the boards, and Chris Drury take his first strides toward becoming a school legend.
"They were in their glory years when I was a kid watching them," said Dan Spang, now...
Compared with what he had done two periods earlier a goal that was part Bobby Orr, part Alexander Ovechkin this must have seemed like a piece of cake for Boston University freshman Chris Higgins. The puck on his stick? No goalie in the opposing net? No problem.
Only during the final furious seconds of last night's Beanpot nightcap, there was a problem for Higgins. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a Harvard defenseman moving in, just enough of a distraction that ...
Each February, the rallying cry around the Boston University locker room is the same.
"We say every year," said cocaptain Brad Zancanaro, "that we don't play in consolation games."
The Terriers kept their pledge last night, taking a three-goal lead after 40 minutes and staving off a 26-shot Harvard firestorm in the third period to claim a 5-3 win over the Crimson, their nation-best ninth victory in a row.
Naturally, BU (16-8-2) will face off in the championship game...